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American Byron DE LA BECKWITH

American white supremacist and Klansman from Greenwood, Mississippi

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on November 09, 1920 in Colusa, California, USA, United States
Died: on January 02, 2001 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA


De La Beckwith was born in Colusa, California, the son of Susan Southworth Yerger and Byron De La Beckwith, Sr., who was the town's postmaster. His father died of pneumonia when he was five years old. One year later, De La Beckwith and his mother settled in Greenwood, Mississippi, to be near family. His mother died of lung cancer when he was 12 years old, and he was raised by his uncle William Greene Yerger and his wife.

In January 1942, De La Beckwith enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a machine gunner in the Pacific theater of World War II. He fought at the Battle of Guadalcanal and was shot in the waist during the Battle of Tarawa. De La Beckwith was honorably discharged in August 1945.

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